FoodChain’s Impact


How does this influence our work?

A sustainable food system must encompass principles of equity, accountability, and a steadfast commitment to long-term community impact. Solving food access requires the ability to disperse nutritious, culturally appropriate food on not just a neighborhood level, but directly to doorsteps. 

Education and access are the cornerstones of our approach to building these vital connections within our community and with our staff. By intertwining access and education, FoodChain endeavors to create a sustainable food system that empowers individuals and communities. Through our leadership, we aim to ensure that everyone has equal access to fresh, nutritious food, while equipping them with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices that positively impact their lives and the communities they belong to. Together, we can build a resilient and equitable food system that serves as a catalyst for broader societal change.

Annual Reports

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report: The Year of Creative Connections

2020 Annual Report: The Year We Nourished Lexington

2019 Annual Report: The Year of Partnerships

2018 Annual Report: The Year of New Opportunities

2017 Annual Report: The Teaching and Processing Kitchen is here!

2016 Impact Numbers and End of the Year Mailer: Creating Connections


Barr ML, OoNorasak K, Hughes K, Batey L, Jackson K, Marshall H, Stephenson T. Exploring Perceived Importance of a Novel Emergency Food Program during COVID-19 and Program Recipient CharacteristicsInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(20):10786.

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Stories of Impact

May, 2023–Here’s how you can eat from 20 amazing Kentucky chefs and support a good cause

April, 2023–FoodChain and UK Food Connection host first tilapia harvest

April, 2023–FoodChain’s FEAST raises funds in Lexington

March, 2023–Local nonprofit helps supply food in storm aftermath

March, 2023–FoodChain feeds the city of Lexington after power outages

March, 2023–Lexington businesses offering food, charging stations amid ongoing power outages

Jan, 2023–Feast on fried fish caught straight in Lexington at this Kentucky Seafood shack

Jan, 2023–Lexington youth org enters 28th year of grant allocation

Aug, 2022–UK announces FoodChain as 2022-23 Cornerstone Community Innovation Partner

March, 2022–Lexington nonprofit ‘FoodChain’ celebrates 10 year anniversary

March, 2022– FoodChain connects community to wellness, well-being through healthy food

December 9, 2021 — FoodChain celebrates 10 years of fighting food insecurity in LexingtonLEX 18

November 16, 2021 — FoodChain offering Thanksgiving meal giveaway Monday, November 22 — LEX 18

November 12, 2021 — Positively LEX 18: Local farmer donating fresh turkeys with help from the public — LEX 18

November 10, 2021 — FoodChain names Chaquenta Neal as new executive director — The Lane Report

September 29, 2021 — Nourish Lexington, Delivery Co-Op team up to deliver food to those in need — WKYT

July 31, 2021 —Lexington block party works to unify neighborsWKYT

November 24, 2020 — New online map helps fight food insecurity in LexingtonWKYT

August 10, 2020 — School Meal Pick-Up Sites a Challenge for KY Families Without TransportationPublic News Service

May 14, 2020 — To Fight Food Waste and Hunger, Food Banks Start CookingThe New York Times

May 4, 2020 — Local Luminaries: Becca SelfSmiley Pete Publishing

April 29, 2020 — Nourish Lexington providing thousands of meals each week to families in needLEX 18

April 21, 2020 — Nourish Lexington distributes more than 6,000 meals in first weekABC 36 WTVQ

April 10, 2020 — Nourish Lexington employs food service workers, feeds families in needAce Weekly

April 8, 2020 — Nourish Lexington Handing Out Free MealsFox 56

April 1, 2020 — Nourish Lexington Initiative to employ displaced food service workers, feed families in need — The Lane Report

March 30, 2020 — Fayette County wasn’t planning to feed kids this week. So these volunteers stepped inLexington Herald Leader

March 26, 2020 — KY coronavirus help: Here’s where you can find assistance in Lexington, Central KentuckyLexington Herald Leader

March 20, 2020 — A Lexington non-profit is using food from shuttered restaurants to help feed kids, seniorsLexington Herald Leader

February 17, 2020 — Inner-City Farm Grows Food and Understanding About AquaponicsSpectrum News 1

February 5, 2020 — From tank to table: How an indoor fish farm gives Lexington chefs a tasty, unique edgeLexington Herald Leader